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International English Language Testing System

Gregory Makogonyuk

on 5 November 2012

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International English Language Testing System IELTS IELTS is an international standardized test of English language proficiency. It was established in 1989. What is IELTS? Over 1.7 million tests were taken last year enabling candidates to start their journeys into international education and employment.
IELTS is recognized by more than 7,000 institutions in over 132 countries.
IELTS has an excellent international reputation and is accepted by over 7,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. Why IELTS? Reading (60 minutes) In IELTS listening comprehension is designed to access your ability to understand spoken English.There is prerecorded tape which lasts for about 30 minutes. There is a total of about 40 questions. There are 4 sections may contain 2 or 3 minutes each or 1 longer passage of about 5 minutes. The passages get more difficult as you progress through the tape. Listening (30 minutes) The earlier sections use situations in which you may find yourself on first arriving in an English-speaking country, when you need "survival English". These include finding your way around, following questions,making arrangements etc. Section 1 is always in the form of a dialogue between two or more speakers, while section 2 is a talk or some information given by one person at a time.
In the later sections the topics usually concern education and training. Here you may have to do the kind of thing you will need to do in an academic environment-listen to prerecorded information, listen to lectures, pick out relevant key information from a dialogue and so on. Again,section 3 is a dialogue or discussion,while section 4 is a single voice giving a talk or lecture. The structure of IELTS listening

IELTS Writing Task1 : In the first part, you are given a task based on some graphic or pictorial information. You are expected to write a descriptive report of at least 150 words on the information provided.

IELTS Writing Task 2 : The second task is more demanding. You are expected to produce a written argument on a given topic and to organise your answer clearly , given some examples to support your points . You will have to write at least 250 words and, as Task 2 is longer than Task 1, you are advised to spend approximately 40 minutes on this task and 20 minutes on the first task. Writing ( 60 minutes) Samples of IELTS Writing The speaking tests contains three sections. The first section takes the form of an interview during which candidates may be asked about their hobbies, interests, reasons for taking IELTS exam as well as other general topics such as clothing, free time, computers and the internet or family.

In the second section candidates are given a topic card and then have one minute to prepare after which they must speak about the given topic.

The third section involves a discussion between the examiner and the candidate , generally on questions relating to theme which they have already spoken about in part 2. This last section is more abstract , and is usually considered the most considered the most difficult. Speaking (11 to 14 minutes) The most important you should understand that IELTS speaking evaluates communication skills. The main criterion for evaluation is not your knowledge of English , namely communication skills in which English is used.
Speaking estimated on the basic of four parameters :
Fluency and Cohesion (25%)
Lexical Resource (25%)
Grammatical Range and Accuracy (25%)
Pronunciation (25%) Criterion of Speaking Speaking IELTS Samples Band and Descriptor You can pass IELTS in such big cities like Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Omsk, Ufa, Irkutsk, Tomsk, Kazan, Samara etc.

Since 15 October 2012 the price of IELTS exam will be 12.500 rubles.

We wish you good luck and to pass your exam quietly nice! Supplemental information IELTS is intended for those who want to to study or practice in an English-speaking country or for immigration purposes. IELTS Test Structure The General Training Reading and Writing Modules emphasis basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. The Academic Module is intended for those wishing to enroll in universities and other institutions of higher education. Three long reading passages with tasks
Texts range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical
May include non-verbal materials such as diagram, graphs or illustrations
Texts are authentic (e.g. taken from books,newspapers) Reading Part includes: Tips for IELTS success in Reading 1) In Academic Reading begin by going quickly through each passage to identify features (the topic,the style,writer's purpose;
2) As you read,don't try to understand the precise meaning of every word.You don't have time,those parts of the text might not be tested anyway;
3) Reading tasks sometimes have an example answers . In this case,study it and decide why it is correct;
4) Some tasks require you to use words from the text in the answer ; in others you should use your own words .Check the instructions carefully ;
5) The instructions may also include a word limit ; e.g. use no more than 3 words. Keep to this by avoiding unnecessary words in your answer. Some people prefer to plan activities for their free time very carefully. Others choose not to make any plans at all for their free time. Compare the benefits of planning free-time activities with the benefits of not making plans.
Which do you prefer - planning or not planning for your leisure time? Task 1 EDUCATION
o Describe your education.
o What kind of school did you go to as a child?
o Did you go to a co-educational school?
o What was your favourite subject as a child?
o Who was your favourite teacher?
o What is the education system like in your country?
o Do you think your country has an effective education system?
Describe a beautiful place to visit in your country.
You should say:
where it is
how to get there
what there is to do when you are there
and explain why you recommend this place. Task 1 Task 2 Task 3 Attitudes to tourism
Why do you think people like to travel to different places in their free time?
How do you see tourism changing in your country in the future?

Conserving the countryside
Why is it important to protect the countryside?
In what ways is the countryside in danger in your country?

Historic buildings and monuments
Why are historic buildings and monuments important to a city?
Is it better to keep old buildings, or build new modern ones?
9 Expert user. Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Very good user. Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies. Misunderstandings occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation as well.
7 Good user. Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6 Competent user. Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5 Modest user.Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4 Limited user. Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
3 Extremely limited user. Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2 Intermittent user.No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formula in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty in understanding spoken and written English.
1 Non user. Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
0 Did not attempt the test. No assessable information provided. You will hear the passages ONCE ONLY, as in the most situations in real life. Task 2 Use specific reasons and examples to explain your choice. IELTS tests your ability to produce two quite different pieces of writing in a fairly short period of time. The test is divided into two parts and you are allowed one hour to complete both parts.
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